WSS: Ten Kate Honda Phillip Island preview

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda presents a tough challenge The 2007 World Supersport Championship continues at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia this weekend with HANNspree Ten Kate Honda at the top of the series standings. The...

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda presents a tough challenge

The 2007 World Supersport Championship continues at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia this weekend with HANNspree Ten Kate Honda at the top of the series standings.

The team enjoyed success with Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu at the season opener in Qatar. The young rider established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the 600cc category after crossing the finishing line in first place to secure 25 points and the championship lead. However, the event proved more difficult for team-mate Sebastien Charpentier, who was forced to retire from the race after an unfortunate mistake caused him to slide into the gravel while leading the pack.

Defending champion Charpentier is determined to secure a hat-trick of series wins this year, but he must start by beating the other HANNspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR. The Frenchman achieved the race win at Phillip Island in 2006, but it was Sofuoglu who set the fastest lap times at the 4.445km track during testing earlier this year.

The scene is set for an exciting second round as the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda riders go head-to-head with each other and the rest of the competitive field. Only time will tell who will emerge victorious.

Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:

"The first round at Qatar was a really tough race -- the competition is fierce, but we seem to have two of the strongest riders in our team so that is a good position to be in. As I said in Qatar, this really proved how good the new Honda CBR600RR really is. To be in such a good position in the first race with a new bike is incredible and I hope we can only improve from here."

Sebastien Charpentier:

"This race is now very important for me. I need to race well in order to get back the points I lost in Qatar, but I am not too worried. I won the race here last year and in 2005 so it is a good track for me. I need to concentrate and not make any mistakes, but I should be OK."

Kenan Sofuoglu

"Qatar was great for me, I was so happy to get the win after the team worked so hard to get the bike right. Now I have to look forward and concentrate on the next race, because Qatar was only the first round so I will not be taking anything for granted. I rode well at Phillip Island in January so I feel good about the circuit. I can't wait to get onto the track."

-credit: htkh

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Kenan Sofuoglu , Sébastien Charpentier , Phillip Island